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Owens Community College Selects New Chair for Fine and Performing Arts


Dr. Brian Bethune Owens Community College named Dr. Brian Bethune as the new Chair for Fine and Performing Arts. His responsibilities include coordinating instructional programs for the Fine and Performing Arts Department, as well as initiating and supervising activities in the Fine and Performing Arts Center.

"We are very honored that Dr. Bethune is part of the College and proud to add such a distinguished teacher, with his extensive knowledge, experience and background, chairing our Fine and Performing Arts programs," said Dr. Paul Unger, Owens Vice President of Academic Services.

Prior to joining the College, Bethune served as the CEO and artistic director of the Toledo Repertoire Theatre since 1998. While at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre, Bethune was instrumental in expanding the theatre's productions from nine to 29 each season, as well as developing a mission statement, strategic plan and endowment campaign. In a short period of time, the Toledo Repertoire Theatre has become one of the largest and most successful community theatres in the country.

In addition, Bethune has served as an Arts Administration Fellow for the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C. and an adjunct faculty member for the past six years teaching theatre at several of area colleges and universities. He has directed and produced over 100 local productions, most recently directing "Romeo and Juliet" and "W;T" at the Toledo Repertoire Theatre.

His professional involvement includes membership with the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers, Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americans, Ohio Citizens for the Arts and Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

Bethune holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota and Minnesota State University, respectively. In 1997, he received his doctoral degree in theory and criticism/dramatic literature from Bowling Green State University. Bethune resides in Toledo.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing community college of its size in the nation. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 37,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students in Northwest Ohio. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.

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